CANTON - Oak Hill Academy were out-muscled and at times struggled defensively as they dropped their first game of the 2011-12 season Wednesday afternoon, 47-39 to the reigning MAIS Class AAA champions Jackson Academy.
"We just didn't play well enough to win," head coach Stan Hughey said. "It's a tough loss, I thought we really had a chance to play with them."
COLUMBUS - Despite a 25-point performance from Tori Nichols, Heritage Academy pulled out a nail biter Tuesday night, clipping the Lady Eagles 54-44.
Down by six points after the opening quarter Hebron (2-2) scored seven points in the last two minutes to take a 21-19 lead before Rachel Hollivay's put back on a rebound tied it at 21 at the buzzer for Heritage.
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders will return to the hardwood this afternoon when they take on MAIS Class AAA Jackson Academy at the Canton Academy preseason tournament.
Schedule times have been changed with the varsity girls tipping off at 4 p.m. and junior varsity starting at 5 p.m.
It will be the first test for head coach Stan Hughey and the girls who for the most part have been getting in shape for the new season despite a few scrimmages along the way after a very productive summer.
With the 2011 season just days away, West Pointâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams had their first real taste of competition on Saturday when they traveled to Ripley for a preseason jamboree.
It was a chance for both coaches to really see what they had, and both were very impressed.
â€śI was proud of their effort, they have a lot of heart and character,â€ť girls head basketball coach Murray Woody said. â€śIt took a us a little time to get into a rhythm, but once we settled down and ran the stuff weâ€™ve been practicing and executed, we did a lot better.â€ť
WINONA â€“ An 18-point second quarter performance by Hebron Christian School all but solidified their third round victory over 1A Calhoun Saturday afternoon, 49-20 at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
Using a high-pressure man-to-man defense for most of the game, the Lady Eagles never trailed in the contest, jumping out to comfortable 10-0 lead after the opening quarter and by halftime, the girls had a 23-point advantage.
Oak Hill's freshman class got a pair of touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough to get a victory as the Raiders dropped to 0-10 on the season following a 14-12 district loss to Immanuel in West Point.
The Raiders had the game's first scoring opportunity only to have their field-goal attempt from 27-yards out blocked. Two possessions later and the Rams took the lead with a 68-yard touchdown pass by Darius Jones to Jason Davis. A two-point conversion made it 8-0